IndyCar Series tyre supplier Firestone has announced that it will be title sponsor of the last race of the 2009 season, the Homestead-Miami Speedway event now being known as the Firestone Indy 300.
IndyCar officials made the decision to move the 2009 finale away from Chicagoland Speedway and move Homestead from season-opener to the opposite end of the calendar when it attempted to accommodate new venues for the campaign, and has been rewarded with Firestone's decision to back the closing event.
"It is fitting that this year's title winner will be crowned at a track that presents Firestone Racing engineers with one of their greatest challenges," Firestone executive director Al Speyer commented, "Whoever emerges on top, both in the race and in this year's championship, will truly have earned the rewards considering the diversity of the IndyCar Series schedule and its deep field of talented drivers. The last three championships have been decided on the last lap of the last race of the season and we are proud to see the Firestone brand associated with the best of the best."
Speyer confirmed that, at present, 'the deal only includes this year's race, but there is an option to extend it for future years'.
"We'll take this year for sure and see if we can go from there," he concluded.